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 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Last year, Intrada initiated the releases of two Mancini scores ("Hatari"/"Charade") from a film by Howard Hawks and Stanley Donen and now a Blake Edwards.
Let's just hope we will see the remaining unavailable complete scores from a film by these three film-makers.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

Just 17 posts in three days. This hobby really is in decline if a release of this high quality generates such little enthusiasm.

I think part of the problem is that most people haven't heard of SAE, Intrada, La La Land, etc. There is no advertising other than on film score sites.
I always check SAE, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day, for new releases. If it wasn't for SAE I would never be able to find these releases.
We're also dealing with scores that are often 50 years old or older. The general public isn't familiar with films and scores like "Fear", "Sunset", Moneychangers", etc. I find that most people don't know who Henry Mancini is until I mention "The Pink Panther". Let's be thankful for these releases because if it wasn't for people like us they would never see the light of day.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Just 17 posts in three days. This hobby really is in decline if a release of this high quality generates such little enthusiasm.

I think part of the problem is that most people haven't heard of SAE, Intrada, La La Land, etc. There is no advertising other than on film score sites....


roy, while that's true and I agree, I think Peter was referring to the soundtrack community here.
It's possible that just as the general public might not recall 50+ year old films, the general soundtrack community might also be unfamiliar with them. However, I think by definition a soundtrack collector probably watches (and rewatches) more vintage films rather than the blockbuster crowd that only watches the latest TV shows.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I'm looking forward to this cd too. In the past dozen years there have been a lot of great cds and dvds issued and most of us just can't afford all those that we would like to have. This looks like a fine cd to be sure.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Just 17 posts in three days. This hobby really is in decline if a release of this high quality generates such little enthusiasm.

I think part of the problem is that most people haven't heard of SAE, Intrada, La La Land, etc. There is no advertising other than on film score sites....


roy, while that's true and I agree, I think Peter was referring to the soundtrack community here.
It's possible that just as the general public might not recall 50+ year old films, the general soundtrack community might also be unfamiliar with them. However, I think by definition a soundtrack collector probably watches (and rewatches) more vintage films rather than the blockbuster crowd that only watches the latest TV shows.


While I wish this were true, the last three years has shown us otherwise - the hardcore collector here basically wants the 1980s stuff from their childhoods - that's kind of seeped into the 90s now. Anything before that depends wholly on what the film meant to them when they were young (IF they were born or saw it on home vid) or if it's a particular composer they like. While there is still a smaller subset of hardcore collector who loves ALL film music from the 70s back, that list is growing smaller with each passing year.

I mean the fact that this and Suzie Wong from us is generating so little chat is, well, it is what it is.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I'll say this: I'm guilty. I'm going to order this, but I have never seen the movie. I know it by reputation, and have seen clips, but I just haven't gotten to it. (Okay, it feels a bit like homework to me, though I'm sure that's unfair.) So really, what can I say about this right now? Haven't seen the film, haven't heard the score.

Now I'm sure it's a score and film far worthier than any number of scores/films I happened to catch on HBO or Showtime in the late '70s or mid-'80s. But I can shoot my mouth off about those, and I can't about this one.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

While I wish this were true, the last three years has shown us otherwise - the hardcore collector here basically wants the 1980s stuff from their childhoods - that's kind of seeped into the 90s now. Anything before that depends wholly on what the film meant to them when they were young (IF they were born or saw it on home vid) or if it's a particular composer they like. While there is still a smaller subset of hardcore collector who loves ALL film music from the 70s back, that list is growing smaller with each passing year.

What I consider my "childhood" (in the 1970s) was a mix of old and current movies and TVshows. I would imagine the "hardcore collectors" you refer to would also have a mixed era background - unless they only watched Cinemax.

I dont understand the hardcore collector who gets EVERYTHING. That sounds more like the "most toys" mindset, collecting just to collect, not because they necessarily like the music.
I've never seen Suzie Wong, so I'm not sure that's a good yardstick -- the samples sound nice and all, but she's no "Lost Weekend." wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I'll say this: I'm guilty. I'm going to order this, but I have never seen the movie. I know it by reputation, and have seen clips, but I just haven't gotten to it. (Okay, it feels a bit like homework to me, though I'm sure that's unfair.) So really, what can I say about this right now? Haven't seen the film, haven't heard the score.

Now I'm sure it's a score and film far worthier than any number of scores/films I happened to catch on HBO or Showtime in the late '70s or mid-'80s. But I can shoot my mouth off about those, and I can't about this one.


Did you play the samples? I'd think the main theme was way too "schmaltzy" for you.
It's an easy to watch (wont feel like homework), and doesnt feel too dated, but it's pretty damn depressing. Refreshing if you're used to unrealistic happy-endings.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I'll say this: I'm guilty. I'm going to order this, but I have never seen the movie. I know it by reputation, and have seen clips, but I just haven't gotten to it. (Okay, it feels a bit like homework to me, though I'm sure that's unfair.) So really, what can I say about this right now? Haven't seen the film, haven't heard the score.

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Well worth renting the movie. Not a happy movie but a strong narrative, beautifully acted by Lemmon and Remick with a classic score.

The score features one of Mancini's finest melodies. A wonderful vocal with lyrics by Johnny Mercer is featured using Mancini's typical chorus. Mancini used a chorus for the best of reasons, to employ as many vocalists as possible. However, I'd have preferred a solo vocalist such as Andy Williams or Tony Bennett.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I hope next, it will be this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcWaXdULKJo

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I hope next, it will be this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcWaXdULKJo


Or this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJAS-45W08Q

The good old days!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   leslie   (Member)

What a unique concept - Split artwork on the C.D. cover!!!

Seventeen cues from the original film track scoring sessions of Breakfast at Tiffany's are currently available on a legitimate British CD release entitled Moon River and Me ( El/Cherry Red Records ); these include the original Main Title and the Final Sequence / Finale

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   leslie   (Member)

A quick order for me!

Anybody heard anything more about a full original score release of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S? I have this lousy-sounding circular plastic thing that really needs to go into the dumpster...


Seventeen cues from the original film track scoring sessions for Breakfast at Tiffany's are now available on a legitimate British CD release, 'Moon River and Me' ( El / Cherry Red label ); these include the original Main Title plus the complete final sequence and Finale / End Title

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

A quick order for me!

Anybody heard anything more about a full original score release of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S? I have this lousy-sounding circular plastic thing that really needs to go into the dumpster...


Seventeen cues from the original film track scoring sessions for Breakfast at Tiffany's are now available on a legitimate British CD release, 'Moon River and Me' ( El / Cherry Red label ); these include the original Main Title plus the complete final sequence and Finale / End Title

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I suspect the UK release is the b**t being released officially because of the EU 50 year public domain law.

I'll wait for a better release of this score

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

A quick order for me!

Anybody heard anything more about a full original score release of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S? I have this lousy-sounding circular plastic thing that really needs to go into the dumpster...


Seventeen cues from the original film track scoring sessions for Breakfast at Tiffany's are now available on a legitimate British CD release, 'Moon River and Me' ( El / Cherry Red label ); these include the original Main Title plus the complete final sequence and Finale / End Title

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I suspect the UK release is the b**t being released officially because of the EU 50 year public domain law.

I'll wait for a better release of this score


El/Red Cherry Red has had some pretty decent soundtrack releases. The b**t which I referenced above, and which was available at some of our favorite outlets just a few years back, was on the Soundtrack Library label. From my knowledge of El/Cherry Red, I seriously doubt that it would have reissued the Soundtrack library boot, which had (charitably) mediocre sound at best. But then, I suppose anything is possible.

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

The amazon samples sound like the b**t to me; may be that the sound has been cleaned up a bit, but the tracks are still out of sync...

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Got my copy today - oh boy - happy happy.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 10:19 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

No one can seriously be suggesting that the El Cherry Red Ripe Overdone CD is from the session scoring manners, can they? I think we all know where those masters would reside should they be residing anywhere, and that isn't anywhere that El Cherry Red would have access to - EVER.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

Wonderful to have this available in a representative state. This release adds to my admiration of Mancini, who I did not grow up with, and so being fairly dependant on these kinds of quality introductions.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2013 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

This is a great album. It's really inexplicable that this didn't get a concurrent LP release, given that it was a high-profile film by a popular composer, and featuring an instant standard. Even if it contained nothing but source music, you'd think a tie-in would have been inevitable.

I am working on a fictional LP lineup, much as I did with "Charade," that takes into account Mancini's preference for using source tunes while adding a few of the choice representative dramatic cues.

Have the you noticed that the famous unresolved ending of the last cue segues perfectly into the trailer tag? When I make my fictional LP, I will merge these together, as I'm sure Mancini would have given the LP a more definitive, upbeat ending, even if that would not have worked for the film.

 
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